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"You'd think the one good thing about merging church and state would be that politics would be suffused with glistening Christian sentiments like "love thy neighbor," "turn the other cheek," "good will toward men," "blessed be the peacemakers" and "judge not lest you be judged." Yet somehow I'm not getting a peace, charity, tolerance and forgiveness vibe from the conservatives and evangelicals who claim to have put their prodigal son back in office."
- Maureen Dowd

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11.19.04
(ditto) ...movement will work towards a self fulfilling prophecy of Armageddon. This will be accomplished through arrogance, ethnocentrism, stunted moral development, suppression of opposition, the rejection of science and the scientific method and the drive to continue their current socioeconomic levels in the face of declining cheap energy sources. They will be more than willing to send the young, poor and uneducated to die for their energy needs. They will keep this immoral setup out of their consciousness by cleansing the media images that come into their homes...

11.18.04

...When revolution took hold of Russia, one artist knew just how he could take part - with radical designs for tea sets.... ...The tea cup that shook the world sits quietly in a glass case. The pure white porcelain is so peaceful, at first glance it seems almost conventional - perhaps a little art nouveau, with its rectangular handle. Only when you look closer do you see that the cup has been cut in half so that one side is a straight plane; the resulting half-moon is "most inconvenient for drinking", observed a Russian newspaper in 1926....

11.18.04

...Gloeckler also displays an astonishing illustrative virtuosity in some prints that explode with breathtaking energy. "On Approaching 60" (1992) is surely one of the most remarkable portrayals ever of aging. A balding man rides a ferocious warthog that carries him forward at a seeming warp speed. This is a hilarious and scary depiction of a human fear that is almost inevitable... [EXHIBITION SITE]

11.17.04

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... Armed with razor blade and a fiendish wit, Winston Smith's modus operandi since the 1970's has been to kidnap "innocent" images from the pages of vintage magazines and then to diabolically glue them into compromising or politically revealing positions in his surreal collage landscapes.... [GALLERY]
Related: ...collage - A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements...

11.16.04

...In honor of the 2004 election result, version 2 of the Apology shirt is now available in English. It will be offered in as many languages as possible...

11.15.04
...A student's anti-war art project has caused a stir at northeastern Indiana's Central... [CENSORED]
Related: WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A Jewish assemblyman said Friday that an exhibit of Palestinian art and crafts, scheduled for a one-day display in a building owned by Westchester County, should be canceled because it is anti-Israel and "promotes terrorism and violence." The curator of the exhibit denied the charges, saying that while some of the art deals with Israel's military presence in the Palestinian territories and "the apartheid-type life that Palestinians are forced to live under ... what comes through is the desire for a peaceful life." [CENSORED]


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  11.18.04

...My work revolves around social and political concerns. While using mediums, such as drawing, photography, installation, and sound, the ideas and inspiration comes from social dialogue. The work revolves around public interaction either in the creation of the art works or the use of them...

11.17.04

...The Goddess of Temple Bar, Dublin, IRELANTIS...

11.16.04
Related: ...Only a nation as culturally obese as America in the second half of the twentieth century could afford to discount truth and beauty to practically zero. Soon their value will revive as we seek meaning in lives lived much closer to the bone. It's getting dark up here in Western Civ. It's time for artists to get used to it - and get serious...

11.15.04
...What is the artist's role in society? Artists have been debating the question throughout history. In the days since last week's presidential election, Bay Area artists have pondered not just their social responsibilities -- they've also thought about how their work may be affected by the political and social climate over the next several years...
Related: I smell a rat... (posted on Zogby site)

11.17.04
Related: ...When U.S. President George W. Bush arrives in Ottawa probably later this year should he be welcomed? Or should he be charged with war crimes?... The case for the prosecution looks quite promising. First, there is the fact of the Iraq war itself. After 1945, Allied tribunals in Nuremberg and Tokyo in an astonishing precedent ruled that states no longer had the unfettered right to invade other countries and that leaders who started such conflicts could be tried for waging illegal war. Concurrently, the new United Nations outlawed all aggressive wars except those authorized by its Security Council. Today, a strong case could be made that Bush violated the Nuremberg principles by invading Iraq. Indeed, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has already labelled that war illegal in terms of the U.N. Charter... [MORE]

11.16.04

...Horns and Halos is a fascinating, unexpectedly tragic story about one man's downfall in the brutal world of perception- driven media and politics. In the late 1990s, author James Hatfield wrote Fortunate Son, a biography of then- candidate George W. Bush that alleged, among other things.. [DVD]


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11.17.04
...Here in a growing middle- and working-class suburb just north of Houston, the effort is undergoing its most ambitious test. The Spring Independent School District is equipping 28,000 students with ID badges containing computer chips that are read when the students get on and off school buses. The information is fed automatically by wireless phone to the police and school administrators... (oh, brave new world)

11.17.04
...WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 - Porter J. Goss, the new intelligence chief, has told Central Intelligence Agency employees that their job is to "support the administration and its policies in our work,'' a copy of an internal memorandum shows... (talk about a dumb-ass policy)

11.15.04
..."The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House," said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."... (sounds like something out of the old USSR)

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11.19.04

...Watch what we say... [GALLERY]

11.18.04
...This principle is important to the public, for the arts and for proper government, too. I am old enough to remember, as are many other Members, what happened in eastern bloc countries when the arts were politicised. By their nature, the arts are not an instrument of government, but rather the expression of creativity. They are non- governmental, and, if the Western Mail of 5 October is to be believed, the First Minister thinks that as well. Art is about risk, and it must be allowed to be unpopular and even awkward. Art is about the artist having the freedom to express truth as he or she sees it. Art adds to the health of society, sometimes by exposing underlying malaise. Perhaps that is what this timid administration is really afraid of."

11.19.04
Related: ... Those promoted to be in charge of our security, diplomacy and civil liberties were rewarded for being more loyal to Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney than to the truth...

11.17.04

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(Condi is the perfect Peter) Peter Principle by Thomas Burns [FULL CARTOON]

11.17.04
... After producing "Stonewall Jackson's House" and "No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs" in previous seasons -- both of which struck some raw nerves on race relations -- the New Rep brings "Permanent Collection" to the fore this season. And while he does not entirely avoid the second-act pitfalls of polemics and predictability that bogged down the other two plays, playwright Thomas Gibbons has crafted a provocative study of racial politics, seen through the microcosm of the museum world...

11.18.04
...Spurred by an investigation connected to the majority leader, House Republicans voted Wednesday to abandon an 11-year-old party rule that required a member of their leadership to step aside temporarily if indicted. Meeting behind closed doors, the lawmakers agreed that a party steering committee would review any indictments handed up against the majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, or any other members of the leadership team or committee chairmen, to determine if giving up a post was warranted. The revision does not change the requirement that leaders step down if convicted...

11.16.04

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Related: "I consider myself a civilian," said Rick Howell, a major from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who said he thought he had left the Army behind in 1997 after more than a decade flying helicopters. "I've done my time. I've got a brand new baby and a wife, and I haven't touched the controls of an aircraft in seven years. I'm 47 years old. How could they be calling me? How could they even want me?"

11.15.04

...There's no better way to enjoy one of Carlin's books than to hear him read it himself. With his gravelly voice, Carlin sounds like a foul-mouthed, grumpy grandfather as he riffs on everything from politics and the improper use of language to plane-boarding etiquette and the differences between the sexes. He's alternately crude...

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11.15.04
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"...As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron..." - H. L. Mencken (Mencken died in 1956, but with astonishing foresight, he provided a most appropriate comment on the 2004 election)

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